Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Martha Peace on Gossip

Martha Peace’s chapter “Well, Isn’t It OK If My Mother Told Me?” also speaks to the commonness of gossip in Christians’ lives, especially women.[1] Peace’s chapter surveys the Bible’s teaching on the topic and emphasizes the need to change. Her most helpful contribution is a “Putting Off and Putting On” chart with imaginative application tailored specifically for the ladies she is addressing.[2]

[1]Martha Peace, Damsels in Distress: Biblical Solutions for Problems Women Face (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2006), 29.
[2]Ibid., 42. Similar to Peace’s work is Christin Ditchfield, A Way With Words: What Women Should Know About the Power They Possess (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010). 

Note: We are in the middle of a long blog series working through my doctoral research into the problem of gossip. We have listened to many voices along the way--proponents of gossip, those who have exacerbated or exploited the problem, those who are ambiguous or ambivalent, and now opponents of gossip both secular and religious.

Three weeks ago, we surveyed the contributions of business leaders, social workers, educators, and Jewish moral teaching against gossip.

This week, we are continuing to interact with Christian teachers throughout church history.